An empathy theory is different ways that offer psychological explanations of empathy as being not only a persons capacity to share their emotions with others but also their ability to engage emotively with the world and the people around them and with the intentions underlying art, music and literature. A few of these theories come from;
Empathy has played in a key role in the way society runs for many years. Some people are empathetic towards everyone while others show little to no empathy at all. Many people are making a case on whether or not there should be a greater emphasis put on empathy throughout society. Some say that without empathy society lacks the ability to feel what others are feeling, while others say that feeling for others doesn’t always call them to action. Instead of a greater emphasis on empathy throughout society, there should be a greater emphasis on moral codes throughout the community.
First, it is important to understand what altruism is. Altruism is any act carried out by an individual in order to benefit another individual. [1, 2] At first glance,
Altruism refers to the concern for the welfare and well being of others without personal gains or
Altruism is a concept in which the individual sacrifices regard for themselves in the interest of another. The ethics of altruism state that a person should act in a matter where their self-sacrifice yields the greater well being on the whole. To put that statement in the form of a fundamental principle of rightness, an action is right if and only if (and because) the action brings a net-gain of well being to anyone except the individual performing the action. The altruistic mentality of an individual according to this moral theory means that any action that they undertake should be in the interest of others rather than themselves. The ethics of this concept also state that relationships of greater value to the individual carrying out an action should come second in priority to those they have with strangers since the close relationship has a much more meaningful connection to a person’s life. In these situations, the only morally correct way of acting is in the way that defeats the well being of the agent of an action for the sake of others.
How does the author define empathy? Empathy is the ability to put yourself in another person's shoes. Have you ever heard of the phrase "treat others the way you would like to be treated"? That ties in with having empathy for others. The foundation of a good hearted person is kindness and consideration for someone else besides themselves. Putting yourself in other people's shoes allows you to feel the emotional pain they go through when being bullied. By feeling their pain, the individual is less likely to bully others.
Some people believe that the human race needs empathy in order to remain sane, and that without compassion, society would collapse, but that is just not true. Throughout my life I’ve had to manage with a mind that's either feeling every emotion at once, shifting from one thought one moment, to a contradicting thought the next, or a mind that feels absolutely empty, remaining without a solid, identifiable emotion for periods of time that can last a few minutes to more than a few days. While some may find me to be quirky, others may consider me to be more sociopathic, but I merely am who I am, and I've learned to accept myself, stable emotions or not. I believe that feelings are useless anyways. I’ve made a great amount of personal progress throughout my life without the need for feelings.
Although theories that suggest the non-existence of true altruism may be persuasive, it does not explain the reasons for selfless deeds done by famous figures for their love and services to people such as Mother Teresa. Batson (1991) suggested a hypothesis and feels that some people are genuinely concerned about other people’s welfare. According to his empathy-altruism hypothesis, empathic concerns produce altruism motivation and relieving their sufferings is the main priority. This hypothesis is supported by several experiments where participants are typically given an opportunity to help those in need for whom they have been led to different levels of empathic concerns.
Every day, gestures of genuine kindness can be seen all around, ranging from the smallest acts of compassion, such as kids helping their mothers carry the groceries to the car, or young men holding doors open for women, to more valiant examples, wherein citizens of a town, both rich and poor, all come together to help with relief operations for a recent typhoon. Notice that these kind deeds are seen everywhere at every moment in time. One of Catherine Hyde’s most classic movies “Pay It Forward”, best illustrates how compassion influences other people, and dictates their actions into spreading kindness unto others. Now one may ask how practicing altruism towards others
What does empathy feel like to me, it feels like I'm drowning and nobody sees except that one person who knows exactly how I feel and how I drown in my empathetic thoughts of sorrow and sadness. It's like we are alone in the world and nobody can see us drowning in front of them nobody can feel how we feel together, nobody ever new how we felt. But ounce we got through what we went through together we didn't exactly feel happy ever again. Why? Because it will always be in mind creating a void in my thoughtless mind of sorrow and pain but know that we could get through it but not all the way because we can still imagine it in our minds of nothing that's why I am always in a sad state of mind. I might look happy but in reality I'm drowning and
Altruism, in which one selflessly devotes to the welfare of another without expecting anything in return, often elicits an inexplicable and intangible surge of joy, in which one gains a sense of purpose. For example, I have observed the therapists at PRANA, whom altruistically devote up to an hour, when initially only allotted a half-hour time slot, programming individualized treatments for each patient. In their hour- long treatments, they create a non-fraternizing relationship with their patients that is fully functional on trust, empathy, and generosity. Devoting that extra time to each patient gives not only the
In this section, I will deliver my idea on when people tend to be altruistic and who they are prone to act on it. I make the assumption that the reason why someone would be altruistic would be something that varies upon the individual, and the event they are altruistic, I hold it as a multidimensional explanation in answering why. I think this because I can see all these models having partial truth in the reality of how it is, I am sure that one person might help another due to empathy, and that another might do it so they get the attention of their possible sexual partner, etc. Every model can be correct depending on the person, and the event. I include event rather than solely person, because although a person might often choose to be altruistic in many events for a particular reason, this same reason doesn’t necessarily have to be the case for every event they are altruistic. However, my topic deals with my belief that who, and when altruistic acts are likely to be executed. My premises for this idea are that when and who people are altruistic with is something that is less fluid, than a multidimensional theory on why altruism exists, enough so that it doesn’t become an absolute principle, but a psychological tendency. This is my rough theoretical model for a psychological tendency in altruism that I believe to be constantly realizing.
Every individual, whether they may recognize or not, is controlled by their ability to empathize. This paper focuses on one’s ability to empathize and the effect that empathy has on decision making, specifically pertaining to one’s willingness to donate to charity. The theory presented through this analysis on empathy is the human’s inability to empathize with more than one victim at a time. Therefore the
How do humans actually behave when faced with the decision to help others? The innate desire that compels humans to help is called altruism by psychologists. Through this feeling, humans transform from a selfish jerk to a more compassionate and caring person. Some psychologists believe that this feeling stems from nature itself. Despite the fact that some altruistic acts originate from the pressures of society, altruism predominantly comes from the survival of the fittest, the feeling of empathy, and the selfish desire to benefit your own kin.
In this study, the hypothesis observed is whether helping behavior rises the perceptions of one’s individual humanity, even when the help given does not have an advantage of the real person. There were two studies conducted that exposed a positive and a negative perception on how one felt about their humanity. Playing a video game where the